Long-serving CEO of MBC Group resigns after 17 years

Sam Barnett will continue to work with the company in an advisory role
Sam Barnett, CEO of MBC Group.
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Sam Barnett, CEO of MBC Group.

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Sam Barnett, who was at the helm of Dubai-based MBC Group for 17 years, has resigned as its CEO; he will continue to work with the company in an advisory role.

His departure was announced in a memo to the company's employees, and chairman Waleed Al Ibrahim said the resignation was met with “a mix of sadness and gratitude”.

Al Ibrahim added in the statement: “Since 2002, Sam has played a pivotal role in the development and great success of the group, leading by example with ambition, resilience, fairness and high standards of integrity and humility, achieving numerous significant accomplishments in the process.”

Barnett will continue to work with the company in an advisory role from January 2020.

MBC was launched in 1991 in London before relocating to Dubai. It currently has 18 channels as well as online platforms and the first free video on demand (VOD) catch-up portal in the Arab world. It is also behind the hit television show ‘Arabs Got Talent’.

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